Can military service be an obligation of citizenship?
In 1778, Samuel Johnson said that “every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier,” but should that still be the case today? John Stuart Mill claimed:
A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for…is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Was Mill right? Does every able-bodied citizen have an obligation to put him or herself in harm’s way if needed? Should the United States compel such service by a draft? Perhaps most importantly, is a fully-informed discussion about these issues overdue in America?
If you are interested in a perspective on these questions, check out my new essay on War in the Rocks found here.
As we like to say on Lawfire®, check the facts, assess the arguments, and decide for yourself!